Looking Back

Skiers with torches create a serpentine pattern in a 23-minute time exposure of Snow King Mountain on New Year’s Eve 1988.

45 years ago ...

• Jim and Pat Scott planned to open an indoor horse arena up Game Creek early in the new year. Most of the construction work was finished. The facility would have 35 stalls for horse owners to rent. “Rather than putting their favorite filly in to feed for the cold months, owners will be able to house and train them at the Scott arena,” the Jackson Hole Guide reported.

• The Guide featured a photo of Mary Kay Turner holding newborn son, Mark Freeland Turner. He was born Dec. 28, the anniversary of his grandparents Louise and John Turner, maintaining a tradition established by his sister Kathy, who was born Nov. 9, Mary Kay Turner and husband John Turner’s anniversary.

• Two men from Salem, New York, bought Bill Bailey’s Frontierland. Bill and Pauline Bailey planned to continue to live on the property and operate the swimming pool.

• The theme for 1974 was growing pains, according to the Guide’s list of the year’s top stories. Increased development made planning a major issue. The school system faced problems of growth and limitation of space and funds. The airport kept trying to grow, but some thought a bit too much, and it postponed a planned runway expansion. The town of Jackson faced its largest budget on record: $1 million.

30 years ago ...

• Key Bank in Jackson and Jackson State Bank bought some of St. John’s Hospital’s $9.775 million in revenue bonds for construction of a new hospital and nursing home. The effective interest rate was 7.73%. Though hospital revenues backed the 15-year bonds, the payback was to be largely financed by revenue from a $7.75 million capital facilities tax approved by voters.

• A semitrailer carrying 44,000 pounds of Idaho potatoes ran off the road near the Hoback rim and crashed. Brothers Casey and Harry Seaton of Seaton Earth Mover filled two trucks with taters and gave some to Orville’s Mission, Pioneer Homestead and Wilsonites around the Seaton construction yard. Then Sinclair owner Jim Schlinger took a bunch to the Wilson rink, where about 200 people were celebrating.

• Jackson Lake Lodge, Spring Creek Resort and The Wort Hotel kept their four-diamond ratings as superior facilities for the American Automobile Association’s 1990 TourBook.

• About 16 active medical staff members elected Dr. Roland Fleck as chief of staff at St. John’s Hospital for 1990. Other new officers included Drs. Dennis Butcher, chief of medicine, and Jacques Roux, chief of surgery.

15 years ago ...

Leland Christensen, newly elected to the Teton County Board of County Commissioners, said he would retire from the Sheriff’s Office after the Wyoming attorney general concluded it would be illegal for him to work as a jailer and commissioner.

• Former Jackson Hole resident Barry Corbet, 68, died in Golden, Colorado. He was a renowned mountain climber and skier. Corbet’s Couloir is named for him, and he was the founder Jackson Hole Mountain Guides.

• Fifty to 100 parcels a day were being returned to sender by the Jackson post office. Some merchants, like L.L. Bean and Amazon.com, opted to have Federal Express or United Parcel Service drop packages at the post office, but many didn’t list P.O. boxes. Postmaster Valerie Thomas said her office didn’t have time to look up records and match physical address with box numbers.

• The Teton County Board of County Commissioners had a new office manager: Cindy Bach, a resident of Driggs, Idaho.

• The chytrid fungus was found in a significant number of toads tested in Grand Teton National Park in the spring and summer, though, oddly, none tested positive in September. The fungus had been blamed for mass amphibian die-offs across six continents. In the Rocky Mountains it had decimated two toad species.

— Jennifer Dorsey

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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